The Process, From Do to Done

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DESIGN It all begins with an idea. It can be as basic as “We need something here,” and then sculptor and client go about discovering what that something might be. To illustrate, I will use a project from 2007 called the Gentile Memorial. The client’s parents had recently passed and she wanted to have a sculptural family marker made for Lake View Cemetery, in Cleveland, OH. She told me about her family and we visited the site. We discussed materials and looked at samples and previous projects together. I began to formulate some approaches we might consider. One was very...
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Things I’ve learned in 40 years as a sculptor

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Happiness is a high ceiling and a low overhead. How to wash my hands without getting the finger with the Band-Aid wet. Clay can detach fingernails. It is possible to be clever without being smart or wise. If you are not organized, you cannot succeed. Even if you work fast, you will run out of time. A fresh eye can be better than a sharp eye. Digital enlargement saves neither time nor money. Turn up the studio heat and the clay will respond better. Plasticine should be stored for use at 120f. Never give away a work of art. The…

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